Changing the century
As I have written before, the new generations, the millennials, see the world in a different way from their predecessors. The earliest civilisations, those that handed down traditions orally and then in writing, perceived their origins in a perfect state of harmony within nature. It is likely that the ancient Minoans of Crete, before it became the crucible for the blending of Egyptian and European civilisations, saw themselves as inhabiting the centre of the universe, just as the Easter Islanders believed, until their contact with the first explorers, that beyond their shores there was nothing else but endless sea and that no other people existed on earth.
The Minoans were practically wiped out by what may have well been a combination of rising sea levels and one or more tsunamis, leading some to claim that it might have been one of the places on which the Atlantis legend, replicated in several traditions around the world, was based. This may have been the same climate change that made Noah take to his boat and led to the transformation of the biblical garden of Eden which lost its innocence when humanity there surrendered to the temptation of eating the fruit off the tree of knowledge.
In the greater scheme of things we are not much evolved but what can be said is that an even more significant transformation has taken place in the last century — cast yourself forward a few centuries and then imagine the evolution taking place over just a few years. But, more importantly, the contemporary, post-postmodern, generations, are the first ever — in the history of humanity as we know it — to be conscious not just that we are the product of evolution, but that we are evolution itself, creators and disseminators in our own right of the expanded consciousness and quantum entanglement across the infinite dimensions of time and space that the Easter Islanders contemplated when they looked out to sea.